Board Report April 2017: Region III

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Enjoy a two minute summary of what the NAD Board did in Connecticut and Massachusetts during their quarterly board meeting. Also, in this video, Region III Reps share an update from Region III.

VIDEO DESCRIPTION AND TRANSCRIPT: A small white NAD logo appears on bottom right corner. The first two minutes is a montage of clips of the visit.

Jerry and Holly stand next to each other facing the camera.

HOLLY: Hello, we are your Region III Representatives.

JERRY:  I want to talk about Region III’s latest legislative activities, which has been very active.  I will discuss three top issues.  First is the identification of deaf drivers on their driver’s license or license plate, or the like.  There were lots of collaborative efforts to pursue the best solution.  Second is ensuring the rights of deaf children to education and language.  This is a very common issue among many state associations.  Third, and this is new, ensuring deaf children’s rights to interpreting services in a service environment.  Often there are shortages of interpreters yet, like deaf adults have rights to appropriate interpreting services, the same should also apply for deaf children.  Overall, there are good legislative efforts among state associations.

HOLLY:  Now, for me – I’d like to discuss Membership, social media, and State Association Conferences.  First, how membership work varies for each State Association. There are many different ideas on how to increase membership. Some State Associations offer free memberships to increase their number which helps with legislative efforts when asked how many members the State Association represents.  Secondly, we’d like State Associations to use social media more effectively. Specifically, we can share information with each other.  This will help Region III be more effective.  Thirdly, from June through November, State Associations will be hosting their conferences.  Please look for more information from your State Association.  Various issues, topics, and ideas will be discussed.  We will share updates when available.

JERRY: See you next time.

Video fades to a soft white background with several different font types showing “NAD” very quickly. Copyright video ends with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) logo centered. Blue text below the logo appears, “A production of the National Association of the Deaf (copyright) 2017 All Rights Reserved”.

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